What The Bible Says About Judging Others

Judging from the Bible

Judging is an act that is rarely encouraged in the Bible. In fact, many scriptures eloquently prohibit judging others. Jesus addressed this topic in a passage from the Gospels: “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt. 7:1). The Lord even goes so far as to make it clear that within the Kingdom of Heaven, His judgment reigns supreme: “The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22). Taking these verses into account, it appears that, in matters of morality and divine justice, our Creator has laid down a firm line in the sand.

Further explaining the topic, Proverbs 24:17-18 states, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.” According to these verses, it is discouraged to show joy when another person experiences misfortune. In contrast, a stronger moral directive is issued in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient and kind… It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” The takeaway lesson is that instead of judging others, we should strive to live each day in love and grace.

The Bible also urges us to look inward, to examine our own hearts and turn away from sin instead of wishing ill on others. In a passage from Luke 6:37-42, Jesus reminds us to be loving and forgiving: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” The passage also speaks of the importance of offering a prayer for our enemies, for “if you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” (v. 32). Humility and true love of our fellow man should be the foundation that guides our thoughts and actions when judging.

What Our Actions Say About Us

Like any other human behavior, our capacity to judge reflects the parts of our personalities that require the most work. It is easy to identify the imperfections of others, as we are all fallible beings. But when we shame others, we are in a sense reminding ourselves of our own brokenness. The opposite is true as well. By showing kindness and grace, we become more aware that beneath it all, we are all just souls on a journey.

No one is completely exempt from receiving judgment, as the need to set boundaries and expectations are understandable. But behaviors that could be deemed as “judging” can come in many forms: gossip, complaining, making jokes at someone’s expense, and so on. As 1 Thessalonians 5:11 suggests, we should encourage one another and help build each other up instead.

We can also foster a closer and more trusting relationship with God by humbly listening and avoiding hypocritical judgments. The Bible in James 4:11 warns that “Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law”. As we search for true justice, our faith teaches that cultivating genuine love towards our neighbor is key to embodying our Christian values.

Show Compassion Instead of Passing Judgement

When we practice projecting love instead of condemnation, it shows that we view individuals as much more than just the sum of their actions. To judge a person solely on their misdeeds is to condemn their very essence, for a sinner and a saint ultimately share the same human condition. A famous parable from Luke 7:36-50 speaks on this very concept, telling the story of a woman who is welcomed and pardoned by Jesus although her lifestyle has made her an outcast in her own society.

Thus, instead of passing judgment, the Bible encourages us to reach out in kindness to our peers, acquaintances, and sometimes even strangers in order to show compassion and fulfill our mission as God’s ambassadors. Ephesians 4:32 says “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”. Practicing understanding and acceptance is an essential part of our faith journey, and it can brighten up the dark path that can sometimes be life.

Is Judging Always Wrong?

It is important to note that the Bible does not reject all forms of judging: rather, it begs us to think about the intent of our judgment, to become conscious as to why we feel the need to be self-righteous or hurtful. We can and should use wisdom to discern between good and bad behavior. For example, in John 7:24 Jesus exhorts us to judge with “right judgment” in order to lead a moral life. It is essential to maintain a balance in our judgement, as it can easily become too harsh to be just.

For parents, the concept of judgment can be even more complex. Proverbs 22:6 talks about parents disciplining their children, with the idea that justice is used to teach righteousness. With this wisdom, it is our responsibility to ensure that our love is unconditional, that our sons and daughters understand our rules and regulations, and that they are met with love and understanding no matter what they have done.


In summary, judging can be a difficult subject to tackle due to the complexities of application. According to the Bible, it is meant to be done evenly and with plenty of grace. We should keep our noses out of other people’s lives and allow the will of God’s Holy Spirit to guide us in decisions about our friends, family, and community. Instead of keeping score of wrongdoings, we should fill our lives with love and strive to pass it on to others.

Do We Deserve God’s Mercy?

The mercy of God is integral to our spiritual journey, and it is often the topic that is most linked with our morality. We can only be perfected by grace and these teachings encourage us to cleanse our hearts with mercy and understanding. When we exercise grace and mercy, our relationships strengthen and our inner peace is reinforced. As believers, we can also escape harsher forms of judgment by turning to Jesus: “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)

The Lord is not so much a spectator of our life; He encouraging us to move forward and conquer sin and guilt. We are urged to spread love, understanding and compassion. Whenever we struggle to understand why God is loving, He reaffirms His unconditional devotion and mercy by reminding us that it is by grace that we are saved. We all have sinned, but His grace is sufficient to redeem us and by turning to Him, He accepts us with love, compassion, and mercy.

The Power of Knowing God’s Love

Whether it be through prayer or scripture, there is hope and we can tell God our worries. In Psalm 84:11 it states “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” The Lord loves us and desires us to experience the blessings of divine mercy and grace. God’s love is so much bigger than our finite minds can comprehend, and our faith teaches us to remember His mercy as we forgive each other and move forward in our journey.

Love is, therefore, our gateway to peace and redemption. Amidst any and all decisions, we are called to love and to act in a manner that is full of compassion and understanding. To recognize that everyone is a beloved child of God means that we have an obligation to extend mercy and grace to them. Ultimately, judging should become something that is done only when necessary and with humility. This will help us to lead a life that is much more in line with the commandments, enabling us to more closely follow in the footsteps of God and his son, Jesus Christ.

Hilda Scott is an avid explorer of the Bible and inteprator of its gospel. She is passionate about researching and uncovering the mysteries that lie in this sacred book. She hopes to use her knowledge and expertise to bring faith and God closer to people all around the world.

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